Sharps New Model 1863 Rifle

29. Sharps New Model 1863 Rifle: Serial #38415; .52 caliber single shot percussion rifle; 30″ barrel; blue and case hardened finish and cartouche wood stocks.   Refer to Flayderman 5F025.  The barrel retains approximately 80 to 90% original blue, evenly thinning and toning with some slight drifting at the edges, some minor erosion and pinprick pitting, a few spots and stains just starting.  The barrel address and New Model markings are sharp and clear.   The action and lock show traces of case hardening and light cleaning, long ago going back to patina.  The stocks are very good plus to near fine with three sharp cartouches on the left to wrist, just above the trigger.  The stock shows a few scratches, minor bumps and mars plus the stock toe has a hairline crack running from the where the butt plate screw is to about 3″ forward to the bottom of the stock. The crack does not appear to be stress related and could be easily repaired by a professional.  The patchbox opens and closed with a snappy motion and shows 50% to 60% case hardening, as does the buttplate.  There is is an AWH inspection on the wood, just in front of the buttplate and the barrel shows MNM inspection and other small M, G, and P inspections.  The small parts and screws show bright original blue, the action is crisp, the bore near excellent (Internally, the barrel is, bright and shiny with very light pin prick pittingin a few places.)  Original sights, bands and small parts retain 95% original color.  The primer mechanism is fully intact.  This is a rare, crisp and completely original Civil War era Sharps with exceptional wood. It has a Blue Book maximum estimated value of $4,000….will sell for $3,650.00.

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